On the Thursday of each week in the lead-up to a St Kilda match, we take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at memorable clash in St Kilda history from the corresponding round.
Essendon vs St Kilda, NAB Cup Semi-Final, 2008
Essendon 0.1.6, 1.7.6, 1.9.10, 1.12.10 (91)
St Kilda 0.3.0, 0.8.2, 1.9.10, 1.12.13 (94)
Crowd: 26,079 at Telstra Dome
The integrity of the pre-season competition was besieged by increasingly intense scrutiny as the aughts progressed, but this semi-final was a high-standard see-sawing contest in front of a healthy crowd.
St Kilda would scrape through on their way to a third pre-season premiership in 13 years on the back of a David Armitage goal from close range in the final minute, from a free kick awarded against Angus Monfries for holding the ball.